An administrative lockdown delayed the release of students from schools in the Park West area of Mount Pleasant on Thursday afternoon as police officers searched for a suicidal person north of the campuses, authorities said.

Officers were called to Ferdinand Court in Dunes West to check out a "suicidal subject" about 1:20 p.m., Mount Pleasant Police Department Inspector Chip Googe said. Officers found the car the man had been driving in the Detyens Shipyard parking lot.

The man eventually came down the creek in a kayak and made his way toward the dock, Googe said. Negotiators and the SWAT team arrived.

Laurel Hill Primary, Pinckney Elementary and Cario Middle schools, which all are near Park West Boulevard and U.S. Highway 17, were put on a "code yellow" lockdown until around 4:30 p.m., Charleston County School District spokeswoman Erica Taylor said.

The man, who had a gun, was taken into emergency protective custody about 7:35 p.m. and transported to a hospital for evaluation, Googe said.

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